#Classic: The Mill on the Floss
- Author: G. Eliot
- Title: The Mill on the Floss
- Published: 1860
- Plot: Wikipedia
- List of Challenges
- Monthly plan
- Classic Club Master list
#AudioBook 19 hr – narrator Eileen Atkins
- This book has been on my TBR since 2010!
- I have finally read this auto-biographical classic by G. Eliot.
- Spanning over a period of 10 years,
- The Mill on the Floss follows the coming of age of the
- …beautiful and idealistic Maggie
- …as she experiences family tragedy, forbidden love and
- the wrath of the English patriarchy.
- The 1+2 books were a (too) long exposition of
- family and childhood Maggie and brother Tom.
- Eliot in part 1 wants to expose the differences between brother and sister.
- TOM: “I’d do just the same again.” That was his usual mode of viewing his past actions.
- MAGGIE: Maggie was always wishing she had done something different.
- TOM: “Yes, you’re silly; but I never do forget things, I don’t.” (holds grudges like his father)
- MAGGIE: “I’d forgive you, if you forgot anything–I wouldn’t mind what you did–I’d forgive you…”
- TOM: …instinctive discernment of what would turn to his advantage or disadvantage
- MAGGIE: rushed to her deeds with passionate impulse.
- Theme: forgiveness is the thread throughout the book
- Book 3 – 5 reveals adult loves and friendships
- Part 6 – must be one of the longest ‘break-up’s in literature!
- Part 7 – the river is the symbol of life and death.
- I was impressed by Eliot’s writing but needed
- a combination of audio listen and download Gutenberg.org book
- ….to keep me reading through long, long (preachy) speeches by Maggie.
- #Classic but you have to be committed to finish it!